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Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi

Uganda has got many fresh water bodies however Lake Bunyonyi is outstanding due to its unique features. Attractive and provide extra ordinary experiences to the tourists who travel to Uganda. This lake has got blue waters that are so appealing to anyone’s eyes and it’s also surrounded by lush vegetation. Which attracts many birds to migrate to the area hence attracting many birders to the Lake.

About Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi “place of many little birds” one of the most stunning places in the Pearl of Africa. And it’s found in the South-Western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale district. Believed to be formed 10000 years ago. Formed as a result of magma that flew from the erupted mount Virunga blocking the water flowing from River Ndeg. Hence creating a dam which later on became a lake. The deepest lake in Uganda with 900 meters/3000 feet, making it the second-deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. It covers an area of 60km.sq. Lake Bunyonyi is often tagged as one of the most beautiful lakes in Africa and for good reason. Its crystal-clear waters, surrounded by terraced hills and dotted with lush, verdant islands. Create a scene straight out of a postcard.

Islands of Lake Bunyonyi

The Lake has 29 different Islands including the Punishment Island, Bwama Island, Bushara Island, Kyahugye Island, Bacuranuka Island. Among others each Island has a unique story. It provides breathtaking atmosphere to tourists. To relax from especially after a gorilla tour in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park. And also a clear view of the Virunga Mountains. The lake also offers relaxation moments to the tourists especially those who come for birding safaris. Since this Lake has a variety of over 200 bird species such as grey crowned cranes, white tailed blue monard, herons, African Harrier Hawk, egrets, slender-billed baglafetch, levillant cuckoo, cardinal woodpecker among others which are so attractive to the tourists.

As tourism in Uganda continues to grow, there is a growing emphasis on sustainability and responsible travel practices. Efforts are underway to preserve the natural beauty of Lake Bunyonyi and ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy its splendor. By supporting local businesses, respecting the environment and engaging with the community in a meaningful way, visitors can contribute to the preservation of this invaluable resource.

The shores of Lake Bunyonyi  inhabited by the Bakiga people, whose rich cultural heritage  deeply intertwined with the landscape. Visitors to the area have the opportunity to engage with the local community through immersive experiences such as village walks, cultural performances, and homestays. By participating in traditional dances, learning about indigenous farming practices, and sharing meals with local families, travelers gain insight into the customs, traditions and way of life of the Bakiga people, fostering cross-cultural exchange and understanding.

Activities around Lake Bunyonyi

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking on Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda offer visitors a serene and immersive way to explore the beauty of this stunning natural wonder. Lake Bunyonyi’s calm and clear waters make it an ideal location for canoeing and kayaking. With minimal boat traffic and gentle breezes, paddlers can enjoy a peaceful and unhurried experience on the lake. As you paddle across Lake Bunyonyi,  surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Towering hillsides covered in lush greenery, dotted with terraced fields and eucalyptus trees, provide a stunning backdrop for your adventure.

Island Visit

Lake Bunyonyi  dotted with approximately 29 islands, each with its own distinct character and history. Explore the various islands scattered across Lake Bunyonyi, each with its own unique charm and history. One of the most intriguing islands on Lake Bunyonyi for instance  Punishment Island. Historically used as a site where unmarried pregnant girls were abandoned as a form of societal punishment. Today, Punishment Island serves as a poignant reminder of Uganda’s cultural heritage and the challenges faced by its people.

Bird Watching

Lake Bunyonyi is a paradise for bird enthusiasts, with over 200 species of birds inhabiting the area. Some of the bird species include Pied kingfisher, Malachite kingfisher, Cinnamon-chested Bee eater, Bronzy sun bird, Pied wagtail, Grey shrike, Grey crowned crested crane, Hadada ibis, Swamp fly catcher, Black heron, Great cormorant, Fan-tailed widow bird, Streaky seed eater, Speckled mouse bird and so many others.


Immerse yourself into the tranquil waters of Lake Bunyonyi and try your hand at fishing. The lake is home to a variety of fish species including tilapia, mudfish haplochromines, catfish and Crayfish providing ample opportunities for anglers to enjoy a day of fishing. Visitors to Lake Bunyonyi can arrange fishing excursions with local guides or tour operators. Experienced fishermen can lead you to the best fishing spots, share their knowledge of local fishing techniques, and help you reel in your catch of the day. Engage with local fishermen and learn about their traditional fishing methods, customs, and way of life. Fishing at Lake Bunyonyi provides an opportunity to connect with the local community and gain insight into their rich cultural heritage.

Nature Walks and Hikes

Nature walks and hikes around Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda offer travelers the opportunity. To immerse themselves in the region’s stunning natural beauty and rich biodiversity. The hillsides surrounding Lake Bunyonyi crisscrossed with scenic trails and pathways. Offering hikers of all levels the chance to explore the area’s diverse landscapes. Hiking trails around Lake Bunyonyi offer breathtaking panoramic views of the lake and its surrounding islands, as well as the lush hillsides and valleys beyond. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the stunning vistas along the way.


Renowned for its clean clear waters making it an ideal spot for swimming. After a day of exploring the region’s hiking trails, bird watching spots, and cultural attractions, swimming in Lake Bunyonyi offers a refreshing respite from the African sun. The Lake’s freshwater is free from pollutants offering swimmers a safe and enjoyable environment to take a dip. Relax on the sandy beaches, bask in the warm sunshine, and soak in the serene ambiance of the lake’s pristine shores.